February 19 2019 0Comment
Bathroom Remodel

How to Plan for a Bathroom Remodel

While many homeowners would love to embark on a bathroom remodel in their Rochester, MN area homes, they often become quickly overwhelmed over how to begin the process. 99 North Construction offers the following suggestions on how to plan for a bathroom remodel. Following these suggestions will save time, money and headaches as you work through your project. We specialize in bathroom remodeling, and also offer new home construction services. Please call us with any questions you might have.

Why Remodel

An important question to ask yourself when beginning bathroom remodeling is why you feel the need to modify your existing space. If you are planning an upgrade to improve your home’s salability, you will likely approach things differently than if you plan to live in your home for another 5 or more years.

Write down all the reasons you are considering a bathroom remodel, then choose your top three. Clearly defining your goals makes designing your new space easier. Typical responses we hear from clients when asked why they plan to remodel their bathrooms include:

  • Add to Resale Value of the Home
  • Plan to Rent the Home
  • Current Space is Too Cramped
  • Outdated Aesthetics
  • Outdated Fixtures and Plumbing
  • Adding a Hot Tub or Jacuzzi
  • Create a Relaxing Space
  • Make It Safer to Age In Place
  • Make Cleaning Easier
  • Add Privacy


Now that you have an idea as to what you are hoping to get out of your newly remodeled space, it’s time to consider how much money you are able to put into the project. Having a budget to work within will help you to manage your expenses. It’s important to make sure that you aren’t left with an unfinished project due to a cash shortage. You’ll also want to leave wiggle room in your budget for any unexpected issues that may arise. Unexpected issues could include plumbing problems or unplanned electrical needs. Utilizing a bathroom remodeling calculator will give you an idea of what upgrades similar to the ones you are considering will cost.

Consider Your Space

Is your current bathroom adequately sized to meet your remodeling plans? If not, it may be necessary to take space from adjoining rooms or add additional room on to your home. To save on costs, if it is possible, plan to leave fixtures such as the toilet, bathtub, shower and sink where they are. Even if you are replacing these fixtures with new ones, leaving them in place saves money. Changing cabinetry, counters, shelving configurations and even entry door placement can all add space without changing the size of the room itself.

It’s great practice to put a pencil to paper and draw out your ideas. This often opens up opportunities to features that would make the room feel more spacious. Working with an experienced bathroom designer, like the ones at 99 North Construction, often pays for itself when a professional eye catches issues what the novice may not readily see.

Should You Hire a General Contractor?

A bathroom remodel is one of the most difficult projects a do-it-yourselfer can take on thanks to the plumbing and electrical issues that may arise. Not to mention other concerns such as possible sub-floor damage due to leaking from existing fixtures. At 99 North Construction, we have seen first-hand how hiring a general contractor for bathroom remodeling projects of any scope saves money and time in the long run. HGTV offers some great tips on what to look for when hiring a general contractor. If we can be of assistance, please call us. And remember, 99 North Construction provides free estimates, and can handle all aspects of your bathroom remodel, from design to building, and from interior painting services to clean up.

The Bathroom Remodeling Contractor Southern Minnesota Residents Rely On

Remodeling a bathroom can be an invasive process. However, hiring the right general contractor for the job means it doesn’t have to be a disheartening one. From design to interior painting services to clean-up, 99 North Construction offers the home construction and bathroom remodeling services Rochester and Southern Minnesota residents have been looking for. We’re fully licensed, bonded and ready to work for you! Contact us today to get your renovation started!

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